No NY claim on cat missing from Colo. for 5 years

September 15, 2011 - 3:40 PM
CORRECTION Cross Country Cat

CORRECTS DATE TO SEPT. 14, 2011 Willow, a 6-year calico cat that went missing from her Colorado home during a renovation 5 years ago, sits in a cage at her temporary home on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2010, in New York's Animal Care and Control (ACC) facility. Willow, found as a stray in Manhattan and brought to ACC, had been tagged with an identification microchip and will soon be reunited with her owners. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's animal-shelter agency says a calico cat that disappeared from Colorado five years ago and was found on a Manhattan street had some human care in recent days. But there's no custody fight over it.

No one is claiming ownership of Willow besides a family in Boulder, Colo.

Willow was found on Wednesday and was linked to the family by an embedded microchip.

The animal agency says Willow probably would have been dirty, scabby and flea-ridden if she'd spent much time on the streets. Instead, she's well-fed, and her coat looks good. An animal-welfare official even described her as chunky.

The Colorado family plans to get Willow back home once she's cleared for travel.